I can neither confirm nor deny whether Roland has a new keyboard entitled the Jupiter-80. I can, however, confirm that there is a man standing in front of a keyboard that has “Jupiter-80” written on the back. I can also say, based on my knowledge of the 1981 keyboard – which I believe is not under any press embargo or NDA – it appears to me not to be a Jupiter-8 with a zero stenciled on it and a screen that may or may not be a touchscreen on it. (Actually, given the way Messe embargoes are going so far, I’d say if the Jupiter-8 were under a veil of secrecy, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.)

In an “exclusive scoop” for CDM, though, I can say this:

Having watched forum and comment trolls say angry things about Roland, I believe that any synthesizer sounds cooler and more serious when you talk about it in German. Watch and see.

“Ah, but I already knew things sounded cooler in German,” you say. Ah, but such is the nature of scoops. Sometimes, they tell you things you don’t already know. Sometimes, they don’t.

Updated: Yeah, okay, now we can talk about the Jupiter-80. And even if you don’t love it, in German or English, you can get some information that comments I’ve read on blogs have more or less gotten entirely inaccurate.

  • Electronic Face

    Haha, agreed on the German seriousness. More details on the Jupiter 80 can be found here:

    It has as much in common with the Jupiter 8 as the Juno D/G has in common with the Juno 6/60/106. I don't mean that in a negative way, but if anyone was hoping for a Jupiter 8 reissue, this isn't it.
    For someone looking for a new keyboard workstation, this and the Kronos seem pretty fresh. But I'm most excited to hear a Monotribe demo tomorrow.

  • Scoops don't tell you things you don't already know? How profound!

  • Nice, though the scoop I'm waiting for is the one about the Korg Monotribe. Hang on, that scoop's already been scooped:
    Now all I'm waiting for is video evidence.

  • Peter Kirn

    Well, in the interests of full disclosure, I can tell you this much:

    I try to play by the rules. It means you're almost certain to get some coverage last. It also means I can email engineers and product reps at these companies and bug them to tell me things I want to know.

    It's clear I can't beat the scoops anyway – maybe even if I did blatantly ignore embargoes or NDAs – but then, what interests me personally is usually answering questions that aren't in the press releases and such. So that's what I focus on. It's of personal interest to me, anyway – I know the press release will come out in a few days, so it's hard to get real worked up about it.

  • Peter Kirn

    And, uh, yes, by the time something is splashed over YouTube with someone sitting with actual hardware, that's another story than even the stuff that's copied and pasted. This mysterious hardware you see above, that … jeez, what time is it in Frankfurt, anyway?

  • Insert negative comment here.

  • Electronic Face

    So you're really not allowed to "officially" report on these offerings before Messe commences? Man, that's cold blooded. : (

  • Electronic Face

    I didn't realize, I wouldn't have kept dropping the "M" bomb if I knew you couldn't speak about it. Sorry about that.

  • Peter Kirn

    Well, within reason – and I'm obviously poking some fun at the situation. I think these things at some point reach a critical mass where I can't pretend they don't exist. At that point, though, I'm more than happy to take my time and do something more detailed, just because that's what makes me personally happier to do and read. I'm in less of a rush.

  • Electronic Face

    I hear you, and yeah, the whole thing is a bit comical. Well, sure I'm not alone in saying I look forward to your coverage whenever it happens. … even on that mysterious fruity pebbles keyboard above. ; D

  • Seconded, Electronic face. And agreed, Peter, definitely not worth risking a good relationship with the manufacturers by breaking NDAs and embargoes. Personally, I'm more excited about the Monotribe simply because it looks like something I might be able to afford ;^)

  • Peter Kirn

    Full disclosure: I do also take my time, so being later with a story isn't exactly a challenge. (In fact, vendors should just feel free to give me no NDA or embargo and assume I may still wind up putting it up after the intended date…) 😉

  • Peter Kirn

    Actually, the worst part of this is this: every single announcement hits more or less at once. So I do try to space them out, as you'll see…

  • Peter, I'm impressed that you're abiding by the embargo rules. Not so impressed with the hacks who ignored the giant red "not for release until April xxx" messages splashed across those press releases.

    I look forward to reading your insights into the monotribe tomorrow.

  • Joerg

    The guy on Musikmesse is saying that the Jupiter 80 will be sold around September 2011 and cost around 3.000 Euros.

  • A German Guy

    "“Ah, but I already knew things sounded cooler in German"

    Hahaha! 🙂

    You know what the Germans think?

    ""“Ah, but I already knew things sounded cooler in English"


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